Everything McKenna writes is a beautifully dark take on society. It’s even more daunting and appealing coming from someone so young. The 21-year-old released an eerie video for the second single off of his upcoming album Zeros.
July Talk – “Governess Shadow”
The beloved Toronto-based July Talk are back. After four long years fans are treated to two singles “Pray for it” and “Governess Shadow” off of their upcoming album, suitably to be released in July. While the tracks are vastly different, each are lovely and compliment the other.
Dream Wife – “Hasta La Vista”
The trio have been busy prepping their latest album “So When you Gonna…”, beginning a podcast and pumping out singles. Their latest Hasta La Vista is frighteningly from their energy infused first self titled album. That doesn’t mean it’s not wildly lovely.
Dizzy – “The Magician”
The brilliant up and comers make nothing short of beautiful melodies and softly stunning vocals. Don’t let the bands slow nature fool you, each track in always infused with energy and emotion
“The Magician” is yet another beautiful track
Pretty Matty – “Why not Be Something that you Are?”
A rock infused track that makes you long to see live shows. It’s a track you want to enthral yourself in completely as memories of punk’s past pile on.
First falling in love with the single, Brazil (2015), the upbeat single with an oddly adult message. Released by a then, 16-year old Declan McKenna, the charm of the endearingly different performer made him stand apart from other singer-songwriters.
After two years of EP’s featuring danceable music contrasted with important messages, McKenna has finally set forth his debut album. What do you think about the car? is everything promised by previous releases. The theme of honestly is poetically weaved into songs you want to stand up and scream. The album features tracks like Brazil and Paracetamol previously released on his EP’s, though one of the front runner tracks is, Humongous. McKenna has a genuine appeal to him that makes one stop and truly listen to the lyrics and message. Tackling gender, androgyny and promoting acceptance the album is a dark feel good listen.
Which of these thing will you find at a Declan McKenna concert: crying, screaming, girls nearly passing out and a stage full of glitter? Trick question. These are allunavoidable. The 18 year-old singer-songwriter is a talent driving people overseas into hyperventilating messes. It’s only a matter of time before North American catches on to what an addiction his meaningful and wise songwriting and sweetly honest voice are.
Don’t let his slightly serious tone fool you. In concert, McKenna is a dancing partying mess you’re addicted to from the moment he walks on stage with glitter smeared on his cheeks and eyeliner flawlessly drawn.
Mostly girls, waited impatiently as McKenna, stayed at the stages side as his band placed themselves behind their instruments. A rare sight as the mostly female band, in the same makeup as the singer, began playing. Breaking down stereotypes and giving girls a place in a rock band is a lovely sight we need to see more of.
Walking on stage to a deafening roar, the sold out show began with a bang. Literally. Glittery confetti rained down on the crowd, gasping and crying only a few seconds in. Matters intensified quickly as McKenna, jumped from the stage clawing at the crowd almost as intensely as they did to him. To be in his presence is to see a next star before the burst to fame.
Earlier on, Jealous of the Birds opened the show. The four piece ranged between indie and alternative, with some oddly placed folk elements. They’re saving grace was the few songs that picked a genre with a heavier rock sound, rather than the softer indie/folk that consumed most of their set.
EP after great EP, Declan McKenna will finally be releasing the debut album we’ve been waiting for. What Do You Think About the Car will be available July 21st and I’ll be counting down.
Don’t know who McKenna is? Well, you should. Brazil, is the addicting-sweet song I first heard. Contrasted with an honest depth that would never be expected from a 15-year old songwriter, it evokes emotion and makes you fall instantly in love by commanding your attention for something worthwhile. Now three years older, and wise beyond his years. His latest track, The Kids Don’t Want to Come Home, the first to be released off of his debut, is a wildly daring look at the world through the eyes of someone with a craving for change. The young kid from the UK, is the one to keep on your radar. You might be fooled by his boyish looks to think he was another sappy love songwriter but he creates beautiful music with meaning that some songwriters fail to achieve. In a world of meaningless generic pop it’s refreshing to see someone create something worthwhile.
From the depths of nightmare’s and the heart of sadness, Timber Timber are back with a new track that is a much more tame take on their normal sound. Off of their upcoming album, Sincerely, Future Pollution (out in April), Sewer Blues is a slow rock ballad that is slightly off centre of the band’s core.
Declan McKenna - "The Kids Don't Wanna Come
Heartwarmingly honest and sweetly raw, The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home, is the latest single from UK darling Declan McKenna. The 18-year-old masks his youth by writing truthful songs from an artistic perspective.
Said the Whale - "Step into the Darkness"
A recent loss of members didn’t stop the band from moving on as a trio. Step into Darkness is the first single put forth by the new set up. Each album after the last Said the Whale seems to reinvent themselves with a new sound and feel and this single does the same. A slow ballad is a step back from the heavy pop sound in their last album hawaii, yet still unlike anything they’ve produced in the past.
Cage the Elephant - "Cold Cold Cold"
There is something simply addicting about Cage the Elephant. Their newest video adds a dramatic element to track, with a minute-long into the theatrical song.
Muuy Biien - "Moral Compass"
A cluster of odd, dark and enthralling rock Muuy Biien unleashed a new view off of their debut album Age of Uncertainty. Featuring Even Peters, the video is a mind boggling look into the dark oddities that make the band so enticing.